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November 2, 2017 - 40th Infantry Division Band Performs Harlem Hellfighter Band/James Reese Europe Program

Presidio Officer's Club, San Francisco

  

By Bill Betten, Co-Director of the California WW1 Centennial Task Force

40th Infantry Division Band at the San Fransisco Presidio Officers Club on November 2, 201740th Infantry Division Band at the San Fransisco Presidio Officers Club on November 2, 2017

 

Presidio Dialogues - From Ragtime to Jazz: The Music of James Reese Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

On November 2, 2017, a National Guard band brought to life the fascinating tale of Jim Europe, a leader not only in the transition from ragtime to jazz, but also in bringing respect to his race. Narrative, video, and live music blended together to tell this amazing story of a black composer and conductor who was the first black American officer to cross No-Man's-Land in World War One.

The Veteran's Day concert with members of the First Detachment of the 40th Infantry Division of the California National Guard Band was performed at the Presidio Officer’s Club at 50 Moraga Ave., in San Fransisco, part of the Presidio Trust’s Dialogues program. This was a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lt. James Reese Europe and his famous 369th Hellfighter Band. Lt. Europe was an important transitional figure in American history and his band helped develop and spread the new idiom of Jazz while they served in Europe as part of the AEF (American Expeditionary Force.)

The concert documented the life of James Reese Europe, the impact of the Hellfighters, and notable members and their subsequent careers. The band performed original compositions  of James Reese Europe performed by the Hellfighters Band and companion French Regimental Bands that shared the stage with them. The concert also had a historical narrative and was accompanied by pictures.

CWO2 James Lamb conducting the California National Guard Band detachmentsCWO2 James Lamb conducting the California National Guard Band detachment of the 40th Infantry Division.Chief Warrant Officer Two James Lamb, the appointed Band Master of California's First State Military Reserve Band is also a trumpet player, and the president of Point Source Audio, an engineering, and manufacturing company in California,

Lamb, a 30-plus year veteran in the music and audio industry, continues to nurture a passion for music performance and composition. As a regular volunteer with the National Guard band he gathered, arranged, and developed the James Europe/Harlem Hellfighter program, and acts as narrator. California State Military Reserve 40th Inf. Div band concert at the Presidio in San Fransisco 11-2-2017CWO2 James Lamb acts as narrator and conductor of the California State Military Reserve - 40th Inf. Div band detachment at a concert at the Presidio in San Fransisco in November of 2017. CWO Lamb was key in the development of the program.James Lamb's musical background includes performances at Lincoln Center, the New Jersey Pops Orchestra, the Tavern on the Green, and conducting the New Jersey All Star Big Band. His critically acclaimed performances as a conductor include a Carnegie Hall debut, the Williamson Center for the Performing Arts, and the Harman Center.

 

 

 

California WW1 Centennial Task Force

 

Managing Board Co-Directors

Bill Betten
Sal Compagno
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Hugh E. Crooks, Jr.
Mike Hanlon
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.)
Prof. Jennifer Keene, Ph.D
Courtland Jindra
Dennis Matarrese
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Anthony Powell
Lester Probst
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.
Col. Fred Rutledge 

Northern California Committee

Sal Compagno
Mike Hanlon
Stephen M. Payne, Ph.D.
Lt. Col. Kenneth Nielsen
Major General Michael J. Myatt USMC (Ret.)

Anthony Powell
Col. Fred Rutledge
Prof. Jonathan Roth, Ph.D.

Southern California Committee

Bill Betten
Maria Carrillo
Col. Andre N. Coulombe
Brigadier General R.G. Head, Ph.D. USAF (Ret.) 
Courtland Jindra
Lester Probst
Jeff Sharp

 Education Committee

Bill Betten, Master of Arts in Education, (Retired teacher DUSD, OUSD, AGUSD)
Lauren Weiss Bricker, Ph.D., Professor of Architecture at Cal State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Scott Corbett, Ph.D, Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jennifer Keene, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of History, Chapman University
Michael Powelson, Ph.D., Lecturer, History, CSUCI
Jonathan Roth, Ph.D., Professor of History, SJSU, Burdick Military History Project Director [Committee Chair]
Miriam Raub Vivian, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, CSUB

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